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260 Change Fund: Inspiring Collective Philanthropy

The name “260 Change Fund” is derived from the February 1960 Nashville lunch counter sit-ins that transformed the segregation of businesses during the Jim Crow era. To honor the efforts of the 1960 change-agents, “260” also was chosen to serve as a synonym for change, as a 260-degree turn represents movement in a new direction.

Using a collective savings and philanthropy concept called susu — a part of founding member Isaac Addae’s family heritage in Ghana, West Africa — the 260 Change Fund labels itself a giving circle. Its 23 members contribute at least $260 annually to the Fund, which then makes grants focusing on community and economic development, health care, and education.

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Desegregation Efforts Recognized at Bridge to Equality

Nashville’s ongoing efforts and court battles to desegregate Metro Nashville Public Schools lasted more than 40 years. Those efforts made it possible for all children, no matter the color of their skin or the place of their birth, to attend public schools.

Retired U.S. District Judge Thomas Wiseman Jr. and Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Richard Dinkins were honored for their many years of their work for school desegregation at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s third annual Francis S. Guess Bridge to Equality Fund luncheon, which attracted a crowd of nearly 400 people on May 11, 2018 at the Music City Center.

“We are honored to have you here and forever grateful for your work,’’ renowned attorney Aubrey Harwell said as he introduced to the stage a panel consisting of Wiseman, Dinkins, and former State Supreme Court justice Bill Koch.

Judge Dinkins

The Power of Words Helps Charles Story Honor His Father’s Legacy

Growing up, we were not to touch the newspaper until my father had read it cover to cover,” recalled Charles Story of his childhood. Charles’ father, John, was a voracious reader and student of language, a way of life that left a lasting impression on his son.

A worn dictionary and its well-read pages tell the story of a man whose love of reading and learning inspired his son to help others know that same passion. At John’s passing, Charles Story came to The Community Foundation to memorialize him. Through the John R. Story Memorial Advised Fund, Charles supports literacy efforts in the greater Nashville community.


Black Philanthropy Month 2019

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee celebrated Black Philanthropy Month on Thursday, August 15 with a gathering at the Nashville Business Incubation Center located in the historic Germantown neighborhood in downtown Nashville.

Black Philanthropy Month’s 2019 theme is “Let’s Make History” and that we did!  More than 25 African-American philanthropists with established funds at The Community Foundation, along with several African-American CEOs who run nonprofits, friends and Nashville’s mayor David Briley, came together to inform, involve, inspire and invest.

Mrs. Lisa Swift Young and her husband Antonio, whose Change We Seek Fund was set up to encourage and inspire others, are not originally from Nashville but desire to collaborate with other philanthropic-minded individuals and nonprofits making a difference in our area’s African-American communities. Their vision is to learn of contributions to the city made from trailblazers who had paved the way for some of the successes that “newcomers” to Nashville currently enjoy.

Kanayo Offodile - Brandon Key Scholarship Recipient
The Brandon Key Scholarship’s first recipient Kanayo Offodile (center), proudly stands with his younger brother Chuma (left) and his mother, Dr. Regina Offodile, at CFMT’s Black Philanthropy Month gathering.

Honoring a Legendary Coach: Ed Temple

Coach Ed Temple was a legend, the embodiment of perseverance, determination, and success both in Nashville and across our country.

As women’s track coach at Tennessee State University for 44 years and head coach of the U.S. Women’s Olympic track team in 1960 and 1964, Temple ranks among the most impressive leaders in the history of sports both nationally and internationally. He is recognized for the impact he made, not just on the lives of his Tigerbelles and the world of track, but on our society. The success his program achieved operating in the Deep South during the days of Jim Crow is as much a testament to his strength and determination, and that of his Tigerbelles, as any records they set on the track.

Temple first began his TSU coaching career in 1950 and had to fight and scrap for funds to support his team for his entire career, long after the Olympic triumphs.

As important as his contributions on the track were, the legacy he created off it was significantly more lasting. Coach Temple was a gentle and humble man but a feared and respected disciplinarian and father figure to his young charges. He was justifiably proud that every single one of his 40 Olympians earned her college diploma; just as he was of his 23 Olympic medalists — 16 of them earning gold medals. Tigerbelles acted like ladies. They had class. They went to class. And they all graduated from college, many with master’s and doctorate degrees.

The Community Foundation administers two funds honoring Coach Temple, the Ed and Charlie B. Temple Scholarship Fund and the Coach Edward S. Temple Fund for New Hope Academy.

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Chris & Linda Hope Honor Roots Through Outreach

The Hope Family

In 2012, Chris and his wife, Linda Hope, opened the iCHOPE Charitable Fund at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The Fund’s name pays homage to Chris’ hometown nickname, C-Hope.

Established to provide support for individuals and families from diverse backgrounds, the Hopes’ vision for the iCHOPE Fund is to showcase “everyone has a story” and inspire others to share their stories of adversity to achievement.

There’s no specific need the Fund addresses. “It’s whatever is on our hearts to give back to,” says Chris.